Stormtroopers & soldiers attack Russian puddles: Artists use toys to call for road repair (PHOTOS)

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Photographers from Samara, a city in central Russia, have figured out a way to attract the authorities’ attention to the region’s notoriously bumpy roads: by staging mock battles in the potholes on the streets.

Photographers from Samara, a city in central Russia, have figured out a way to attract the authorities’ attention to the region’s notoriously bumpy roads: by staging mock battles in the potholes on the streets.

© Aleksandr Shadrin, Grigory Lapin / Vkontakte

They put toy troops, both the traditional ones and Lego figurines, as well as cars and motorcycles, near and into the holes in the city’s roads.

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In the second part of the project, photographers Aleksandr Shadrin and Grigory Lyapin staged a road accident, using Star Wars figurines and a car.

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Nicely played, indeed!

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It’s far from the first time the city’s population has complained about the state of the roads: in February, local poet Aleksandr Gutin wrote an address to Samara’s authorities. In response, city mayor Oleg Fursov reported the poem to the police.

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